I was able to complete two raised bed re-alignments during the Spring and Summer of 2013.  Each bed is hand dug down 18” with the north side 3 2” x 12” boards high and 2 high on the south side.  I cemented in each 4” x 4” cedar post to prevent any bowing out.

May 26, 2012

I used a hand auger to dig the fence posts in 2.5’.  It was surprisingly easing digging with the wet clay soil

Aug. 05, 2012

The soil was very dry by the time I got to the second bed.  I chipped away the soil bit by bit as it was rock hard.  I don’t think I have ever put in so much sweat equity before in my life.  It did not help that the temperatures were pushing 30°C.

Aug. 12, 2012

Re-aligning the garden beds meant moving a great deal of soil.  I had to first move the good soil off to the side.  Next, I removed the bad soil from the middle of the bed and used it to construct the sides of the new bed.  Finally, I put my good soil back  in the raised bed.  VERY LABOUR INTENSIVE!

Oct. 06, 2012

I used 1” x 2” boards between the cedar posts and draped greenhouse poly over the bed for a cold frame.  This was a temporary measure as I knew I wanted to use EMT conduit for this project.

Oct. 06, 2012

Second level of 2” x 12” spruce boards were added to the front bed.

Oct. 06, 2012

My homemade jig to bend the half inch EMT.  You do not need an expensive tube bender to bend 1/2” EMT as I learned from a Youtube video.

Oct. 13, 2012

Finally, the greenhouse poly was draped over the structure.  I did not put on the south side 2” x 12” board so as to not shade the plants still growing.  I roll up the ends for ventilation.

Oct. 20 & 21, 2012

The plants are protected from a typical Fall snow in Airdrie.

“Urban agriculture is the future of our food supply.”

Jeffrey Casey

Oct. 06, 2012

The EMT is held in place with 2 EMT straps on the north side and 1 strap on the south side.  I put a single screw through the strap and into the conduit to keep it from moving around.  The third level on the north side was the also added.